Lancman Talks Committee Assignments

Staff Writer

Although he did not receive any chairmanships, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) did grab seats on all three committees dealing with public safety, an assignment he said he looks forward to undertaking.

Lancman talked to the Queens Tribune about the role he plans to have in the Public Safety, Fire and Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Committees, as well as in his other three assignments; Consumer Affairs, Environmental Protection and Oversight and Investigations.

Councilman Rory Lancman

Councilman Rory Lancman

Even though Lancman was one of only four councilmembers to not receive a committee chairmanship, he took the snub in stride, saying that it is simple math that not everyone gets a title and that he will still have plenty to do without one.

“I have a full plate, I’m not worried about that,” he said. “I don’t need to chair any old committee just to chair one.”

Given the changes Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton are pushing for, Lancman said he is excited about the obligation those safety committees have to switch procedures up without causing an increase in crime.

“I want to make sure we transition out of the Stop and Frisk era. I will closely examine Commissioner Bratton’s policies that he’s going to implement,” he said.

In terms of his other three committee assignments, Lancman said he finds all of them to be equally important. While Oversight and Investigations is a committee that only gets moving when something needs to be looked into, the councilman does want to make sure both consumers and businesses are protected and not used as the City’s bankroll. He also said that the City has to adapt to changing weather patterns.

“Our Sandy response is equally matched with environmental issues,” Lancman said.

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